ESPN to Exclusively Televise the 2019 T-Mobile Home Run Derby July 8

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ESPN to Exclusively Televise the 2019 T-Mobile Home Run Derby July 8

Alternative Viewing Experiences: T-Mobile Home Run Derby Statcast Edition Powered By AWS, Baseball Tonight Presented by T-Mobile Statcast Edition

  • T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Show Airs after Wednesday Night Baseball July 3
  • Derby on ESPN Radio, Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter on the Road

ESPN will exclusively televise the 2019 T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 8, at 8 p.m. ET from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Karl Ravech will return for his third year as the voice of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, alongside analyst Mark Teixeira, and on-field reporters Buster Olney and Jessica Mendoza.

In addition to the traditional T-Mobile Home Run Derby telecast on ESPN, ESPN2 will offer an alternative viewing experience for the second straight year. The T-Mobile Home Run Derby Statcast edition powered by AWS will feature an analytics-driven presentation with 3D spray charts of home run paths, exit velocity, and more. ESPN’s StatCast alternative presentation team of play-by-play voice Jason Benetti, analyst Eduardo Perez, and MLB Statcast analyst Mike Petriello will provide commentary.

The T-Mobile Home Run Derby matchups will be announced during a special T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Show on Wednesday, July 3, at approximately 10 p.m. ET on ESPN following Wednesday Night Baseball between the New York Mets and New York Yankees. Keith Olbermann will host the bracket show with analyst Mark Teixeira and reporter Jeff Passan. The current field of T-Mobile Home Run Derby participants include Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., Christian Yelich, Ronald Acuna, Josh Bell, Pete Alonso and hometown star Carlos Santana.

For the first time, ESPN will offer a Baseball Tonight alternative viewing experience – Baseball Tonight presented by T-Mobile Statcast Edition – on ESPN2 from 7-8 p.m. Jason Benetti, Eduardo Perez and Mike Petriello will also provide commentary for the telecast.

ESPN will also air three hours of its traditional Baseball Tonight presented by T-Mobile show on site at the T-Mobile Home Run Derby.  The show will air a two-hour special live from 4-6 p.m. on ESPN2 with Karl Ravech hosting alongside analysts Mark Teixeira, Ryan Howard, Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian, and reporter Jeff Passan. It will include a preview of the event, expert analysis, and footage of participants taking swings in the batting cage. Perez will also conduct interviews with participants at the batting cage.

Baseball Tonight will then resume its coverage on ESPN at 7 p.m. directly preceding the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. Keith Olbermann will host the 7 p.m. show with analysts Ryan Howard, Tim Kurkjian and reporter Jeff Passan. Olbermann will also host the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter on ESPN between episodes of Baseball Tonight. ESPN MLB reporter Marly Rivera will also contribute to ESPN’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby coverage interviewing players in both English and Spanish.

ESPN Radio will have the national radio broadcast of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby as the Sunday Night Baseball radio team of Jon “Boog” Sciambi and analyst Chris Singleton describe the action. Audio from the ESPN Radio broadcast will be available on the ESPN App.

Immediately following the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, ESPN will televise the 2019 MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game featuring a “Cleveland vs. The World format. It will air on ESPN immediately following the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. Celebrities and baseball legends scheduled to appear include Jamie Foxx, J.R. Smith, Simone Biles, Stipe Miocic, Jim Thome and Ryan Howard. For the first time, Tim Kurkjian’s son Jeff Kurkjian will provide play-by-play with analyst Eduardo Perez.

All of ESPN’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby programming will also be available to stream via the ESPN App.

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Ben Cafardo

I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. I’m also a proud consumer of all things ESPN.
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